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Stories in a Time of Madness for Book Week Scotland

Where can storytelling go when reality outpaces fantasy? Storyteller Donald Smith rises to the bait with satiric glee with a special reading across three nights to launch Sham Stories as part of Book Week Scotland. Five linked subversive comedies provide Scotland’s untold Brexit chronicles. Treacherous times produce fake news and fake history, but also farce. … Continued

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St Andrews Day & Fair Saturday: Showcasing Scotland’s Diversity & Generosity

Beginning with St Andrew’s Day and running through to Burns Night, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, supported by Scotland’s Winter Festivals event fund, entertains across the colder months by showcasing how Scotland’s traditions can bring people together, home and away, in cross-generational celebration. Scotland’s patron saint, a saint shared by different European countries, was known for … Continued

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A Puffin Great Adventure Exploring Climate Change

A new children’s show by Snap Elastic is on tour across Scotland from today, and flies into the Storytelling Centre on Saturday 10 November to entertain with a tale of friendship that also brings a social message. ‘Puffin’ is the story of how a girl meets a puffin, and a puffin meets a girl, and … Continued

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SISF 2018 – The Story So Far

The Scottish International Storytelling Festival is on until the 31st of October and we’ve gathered some highlights and memorable moments from our recent events for you.   Opening at Stirling Castle Could there have been a more fitting and atmospheric setting for the opening of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, an annual celebration dedicated to … Continued

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Contribute to our Marathon Storytelling Spectacular

Love a chilling tale? Intrigued by the unknown? Then this Storytelling Festival finale event is right up your street… As the veil between light and dark invites the unholy to be blessed and the innocent to be drowned, host Alexander Mackenzie is looking for a merry band of mischievous storytellers to populate this marathon day … Continued

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Festival Weekends Are Family Affairs

The nights are getting longer, the weather is cooling down and so the Scottish International Storytelling Festival begins, as we gather round the fire and share a story or a song. Harvest season can often surprise us with beautiful sunshine and vibrant colours, what better time to spend your weekends with the family, exploring enchanted … Continued

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A Tale of Celebration – 30 Years of Growing Stories

It’s the 30th anniversary of the SISF, with 66 events in Edinburgh and 27 around Scotland, including strong collaborations with local and international organisations and a Scotland-wide Storytelling Campaign that encourages communities and individuals to engage with storytelling.  A birthday is the perfect time to reflect on the journey and achievements of the past 3 … Continued

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30th Storytelling Festival Now On Sale

Growing Stories – the 30th Scottish International Storytelling Festival – will open in the Great Hall of Stirling Castle on Thursday 18 October at 7.30pm, heralding a wave of events across Scotland and an intensive programme in the capital city from Friday 19 October. The 2018 Festival looks to the future of storytelling in Scotland, … Continued

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Fringe 2018: Q&A with Red Bridge Arts on Is this a Dagger?

How would you describe your show in one sentence? Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth – Award-winning performer and storyteller Andy Cannon, takes audiences on a thousand-year journey from fact to fiction and back again, cleverly weaving Shakespeare’s original language with his own storytelling style making this classic tale appealing for audiences young … Continued

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Fringe 2018: Q&A with Mamoru Iriguchi on EATEN

How would you describe your show in one sentence? Eaten is a really funny yet educational show about food, food chains and digestion, starring a big cuddly lion called Lionel McLion. Is this a new show or have you performed it elsewhere? We performed this show in many places including Edinburgh International Science Festival, Istanbul … Continued

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